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Canon MP160 Printer "Ink Absorber is Full" - Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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    Karla Douglas Apr 10, 2015

    The second solution is fantastic-follow the steps and you are good to go! Thanks Fixya!



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There are two ways to fix this:

First Solution - Clean the Absorber pads
The absorber pads is filled with waste ink. Access the printer to get these two absorber pads and clean it with soap and running water. After cleaning return it back. To access the printer, first open the top cover for the ink cartridge. The absorber pads are seated under the cartridge carrier, when the cover is open the cartridge carrier will move to the middle leaving the two absorber pads accessible. Use a tweezer to lift up the pads.

Second Solution - Reset the Printer to clear the error
1. Turn off the printer (but make sure power cable is plugged in wall outlet).
2. Press and hold down the Stop/Reset button
3. While holding the Stop/Reset button, press and hold down Power button.
4. While holding down the Power button, release the Stop/Reset button.
5. While still holding the Power button, press the Stop/Reset button twice.
6. Now release the Power button.. (wait until it display "service mode")
7. Press the Stop/Reset button four times
8. Turn off the printer

When you turn on again the printer it will surely works again.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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  • rosalindcorb Dec 02, 2010

    OMG!!!!! OMG!!!! You're a Genius!!!! I was contemplating buying a new printer after I saw the YouTube fix that meant taking the printer apart. Thank you soooooo much.

  • Nancy Crabtree Jul 25, 2012

    I, too, was contemplating a new printer. First Solution sounded messy so started with Second Solution -- it worked -- thank you, thank you!

  • Kurt May Oct 24, 2012

    Worked exactly as described. THANK YOU!

  • bkcdon
    bkcdon Dec 18, 2012

    Solution 2 worked perfectly. Thank you so much!

  • Richard Hoefke Mar 16, 2013

    Solution 1 and 2 worked perpectly, but what a mess. Wear gloves to clean the ink absorbers. I cleaned the printer one week ago and it works like it's brand new. Thanks for your help.

  • Moe Moore
    Moe Moore Apr 30, 2013

    Solution 2 worked excellent. I did clean the ink absorber with a carburetor cleaner spray and light air pressure. that seemed to work well also. Moe.

  • Al Murphy
    Al Murphy Oct 25, 2013

    I did the second option and it worked great. I am still going to do option 1 and clean them once I get a chance in my office. Thanks for the help!!!

  • Ian Shackleford Feb 07, 2014

    This fixed my Canon MP 160, but here are some more details:

  • Ian Shackleford Feb 07, 2014

    This fixed my Canon MP160 "Ink Aboserver is Full" problem but here are some more details. The ink absorbers are not under the cartridge carrier. They are at the right end of the printer, under where the cartridges lay at rest. Because I let the problem go on so long, the printer wouldn't slide the carrier over when I lifted the lid. The reset worked (thanks!) but the MP160 has no "service mode" display. After the reset the carrier would slide over like normal when I lifted the lid, allowing access to the absorbers. Then I cleaned the absorbers by just soaking up the excess ink with crumpled-up toilet paper. I didn't remove the absorbers..

  • Paul Elledge
    Paul Elledge Mar 31, 2014

    Thank Danilo the reset worked great. Also, Thank you Ian for your comments, the exact same situation as you described happened to me as well. I also rolled up some toilet paper and laid it across both black and colored pads and applied some constant pressure with a pen. Worked just like Ian said it would.

  • Rhoda Taylor
    Rhoda Taylor May 10, 2014

    Great solution, but, do you have a diagram or picture of where to find the ink absorber?



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Hi there
You can try to reset the cartages this may do it Please call back let us know if it worked for you, PLEASE.

But some time when you get the chance do clean the waste tank out.

  1. Start with printer off

  2. Press and hold resume Button (triangle in the circle) and click "Power" button. Green led should be on

  3. While holding the Power button, release the Resume Button.

  4. Without releasing the Power Button, click "Resume" button for two times and release Both Buttons.

  5. Click "Resume" for four times then soon click "Power" button, to confirm the selected action (reset counter absorber).

  6. Turn off the printer and turn on again

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